Category: Community

Bush Institute Appoints Retired Colonel to Promote Well-Being of Veterans

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Debut April and Jay Graham Fellow, Col. Miguel D. Howe, speaks at the Stand To Event at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Grant Miller)

Retired Col. Miguel D. Howe has been named as the inaugural April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, a non-partisan policy institute focused on developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to address today’s pressing challenges.

As an endowed fellow, Howe will represent the Bush Institute’s work to improve the transition of post-9/11 veterans to civilian life, and to foster veteran leadership roles. He will also amplify his advocacy for veterans and build awareness for the issues that affect their transitions, such as employment, education, health, and well-being. In addition, he will travel the country to speak, write, and serve as a resource for veteran-serving organizations, corporate, academic, nonprofit, and policymakers.


Dallas North Tollway: Weekend Closures

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Whether it’s your work commute or a leisure trip away from the city, the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) is one of the most traveled roadways in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) announced that several portions of the DNT will be closed from Friday to Monday. These closures are part of the ongoing DNT Improvement Projects.

According to the NTTA website, “All closures are subject to weather conditions and will be postponed, if necessary. Delays are expected, and motorists are urged to use caution in the construction area.”

Listed below are the scheduled weekend road closures.


Dallas Pets Alive! Awarded $5,000 to Save Animal Lives

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Dallas Pets Alive! was recently awarded $5,000 as a runner-up of Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s first-ever Innovation Showdown contest. The nonprofit was one of 200 proposals designed to reshape the landscape of animal welfare and save animal lives.

The funds will be used for the development of an innovative adoption center in hopes of elevating adoption as the leading method of finding a new furry family member in Dallas.

Read more about Dallas Pets Alive! here.


Dallas Arboretum Debuts Year-Round Food Oasis  

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will soon offer A Tasteful Place, an edible display garden complete with a newly developed lagoon and meandering walkways.

The 3.5-acre garden will also include a pavilion with event space and teaching kitchen, an orchard, beds of ornamental display vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as shaded porches and walkways.


Not Enough Tomatoes

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The greenhouse at NorthPark Presbyterian Church will be used to grow tomatoes for area food pantries. (Photo: M.E. Clary)

Seeing that Vickery Meadow Food Pantry didn’t have any fresh produce to offer, Keri McCall began showing up seven years ago with two or three sacks full.

“But there would be 70 people in line,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this isn’t enough.’”

Building on a Sunday School class’s idea, McCall started a small garden on the NorthPark Presbyterian Church grounds.

“It’s great to sit and read your Bible, but we really need to be doing things,” McCall said.


Sharing God and Dog

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Rev. William Miller and his dog, Nawiliwili Nelson, visit with their friend, Kevin Thornton, of Fort Worth. (Courtesy William Miller)

On a trip that will take them from the Abita Brewery near New Orleans to Mount View Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, Rev. Bill Miller and Nawiliwili Nelson are having one last “howlelujah.”

‘Wili,’ Miller’s 12-year-old terrier mix, is hoping to hit all his “barket” list items as his days on Earth are drawing to an end. Almost a year ago, the dog was diagnosed with cancer and has outlived his prognosis several times over.

“I remember the day he got sick,” Miller said. “I broke down and sobbed, because Wili and I have an unbelievable bond.”